An analysis of home economics curricula in Australian public secondary schools and North American Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools, with implications for Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools in Australia
Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study was to (1) compare home economics curricula for state secondary schools in Australia and Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools in North America, and (2) adapt Australian state curriculum guides to meet the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy and goals for home economics education in Australian Seventh-day Adventist schools.
Method: Examination of curriculum guides for five Australian states and North American Seventh-day Adventist applied arts curriculum framework was made to determine the philosophy, goals, content areas, requirements, and concepts for secondary school home economics. An assessment of home economics curriculum guides from Australian state secondary schools and North American Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools was made and concepts relevant to home economics in Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools in Australia were listed.
Findings: It was found that home economics in Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools in North America include many of the same concepts founds in home economics in Australian state secondary schools. The major differences are that the Seventh-day Adventist curriculum includes the principles of healthful living, simplicity, economy, moralistic influences, temperance, and modesty whereas the Australian home economics curriculum teaches an overall way of living rather than a specific type of life style.
Conclusion: The Australian concepts for state secondary schools could be adapted to incorporate the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy and goals for home economics in a Seventh-day Adventist school system.
Leah A Carson
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